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of water. earl's powerful gusts and driving rains are now being felt in southeastern virginia and moving up the coast. we have complete coverage of hurricane earl. ron mott in north carolina, weather channel's mike seidel on long island, new york, nbc's michelle franzen in cape cod, still wounding what is going to happen there. let's begin with nbc meteorologist bill karins come have been worse but still some problems, bill? >> yeah, tell you, we had a category 4 at this time yesterday and very fearful what was going to happen in the carolinas and eventually up in cape cod. the storm weakened a little bit more than expected yesterday afternoon and evening that set the stage for the damage that miner in the eastern carolinas much the storm is continuing to pass to the north-northeast, wait for the new advisory from the hurricane center, later than kip cal with it. 11:00 advisory, usually a couple minutes early. actually, we just heard just came in, now down to a category 1 intensity.
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the weakening trend has continued with this storm. that shouldn't be a big surprise. we haven't seen wind gusts on the coast of virginia beach, the areas of maryland had i higher than even small tropical storms at this point. as far as the storms itself, see if they adjust the watches and warnings, i assume the hurricane warnings will be dropped very shortly if not already for the outer banks. cape scold a question mark, in the end, a category one storm, change that icon to a 1 from a 26789 the waves still huge. 21-foot waves off virginia beach, 12-foot waves off of new jersey, now 11-foot waves approaching mike seidel up there in montauk. the bigger waves still being produced by the storm, that will be the legacy of this system. let's track the wind field, or the ran edge is the tropical storm-force winds, out there about 4 p.m. this afternoon, just clipping eastern long island. then the path of the storm, looks like now just tropical storm-force winds for eastern portions of the cape. again, we do not expect a lot of devastation from this storm f
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you havant evacuated, you probably don't need to at this point. here is the new forecast path just out from the hurricane center. it does not include cape cod now in the actual cone. just nantucket in that cone, feeling more and more confident we will not get a direct landfall out of cape cod, probably just tropical storm-force winds on nan tucket and cape cod. new update, category 1 remain a 1 into nova scotia up there into the bay of fundy. as far as we are going, it does not look like we will see more significant damage. maybe minor power outages. when it was a big huge storm, the waves that is the show on today. >> some beaches closed, folks not allowed out there because of the rip current. the other question is travelers on the east coast in terms of the acre the roads it is busy. >> i have to say more than anything, earl is an inconvenience for a lot of people trying to get to their destinations. they had to wait until tonight
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or to. >> thank you, bill. hurricane earl is threatening to bring its wind gusts as high as 50 miles per hour to new york's long island coast. it is cutting our vacation a little bit short but we are okay with that and better to be safe. we are happy. whaufrnlts heard a little bit of an inconvenience for a different idea how they would spend labeled. go to the weather channel's mike side until montauk, new york. how are things looking now? >> not a whole a lot of change, chris a couple of rain bands come through, bill mentioned a category 1 hurricane and dropped the winds from 105 down to 85. we are seeing a nice decrease of the wind, a weakening of the storm and that is good news for the cape. as bill mentioned, cone missed nantucket out here, eight to ten-foot waves, dealing with this all morning, high tide midafternoon eastern time. again, the beach will be under water. they will lap at this dune, protect the buildings, buildings in good shape may get a gust to 50 miles an hour.
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we will see. needless to say, any kind of wind damage it will be very, very minimal, considering it was sporadic and minimal on the cape, the outer banks, i should say with wind gust up to 82 mile an hour. the worst to have comes in late this afternoon through late this evening. it all moves out of here now, hurricane northeast 21 miles per hour, forward speed will increase, chris, by tomorrow morning, the sun will be back out and life will be good for the weekend, anywhere along the east coast, even cape cod. no problems for the weekend except there may be some issues trying to fly in and out of boston and some of the new york city airports today. really it hasn't rained hard yet at the new york city airports. become to you. >> mike, thanks so much. saying earl passed before daybreak, north carolina banks it did leave power outages and flooded roads behind 36785,000 residents and visitors were asked to evacuate the outer banks. a state of emergency has been declared in dare county, all the schools and government office there is are closed.
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the highway into hatteras island was inaccessible this morning but governor beverly perdue says it really could have been worse. >> there is flooding and overwash so -- along the outer banks. we expected that. ocracoke and parts of hatteras have still no electricity. the roads are flooded there. a good northeaster would have done the same thing. >> nbc's ron mott live from kill devil hills. people breathing a sigh of relief this morning? >> certainly are this morning, chris. good morning. i'm barely hearing you over the sounds of the ocean and this wind that's still whipping up here on the outer banks. we think we have got another hour or so of this kind of inclement weather and slowly but surely some time in the afternoon, expect to see some sunrise, about 95 degrees. so, a lot of folks were expecting to wake to a lot more damage than they were seeing outside their homes and businesses today, the greatest news possible flirting with a category 3/4 storm as we were
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yesterday. earl downgraded quickly as it crossed our area and out into the atlantic, now headed up to the mid-atlantic states, delaware, maryland, up to the cape area. what we have expected here we got in terms of storm surge but did not do a lot of damage because the storm was running parallel to the coast, most of the waves running parallel with it we did get some splashciness here, chris but not the damage we expected. we had had moderate power outages, as you mentioned, somewhere in the 4 to 500 range. thinking we were going to get thousands upon 10,000 power outages. that is good news as well. no significant injuries to report. no fatalities. as you mentioned, highway 12 there toward cape hatteras gets flooded. sand overtops that road. that certainly happens here. north carolina dot was out early this morning beginning to process of clearing that road out so people can start getting to and from cape hatteras. we will send it back up to you. >> a long weekend ahead they can enjoy. thank you, ron.
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heading north now to massachusetts where president obama has declared a state of emergency disaster for the entire state. no mandatory evacuations are in place there but masses governor is urging people in low-like areas prone to flooding to keep an eye on the forecast. we did tell you though that this has been downgraded to a category 1 storm. nbc's michelle franzen joins us now live from chatham, massachusetts. what is the scene like there? >> certainly, the preparation the last two days, preparing for the worst what could have been a direct hit, shaping up to be a direct hit from hurricane earl here on cape cod that is not shaping up to be the case at this hour. however, still a significant storm, as bill just mentioned a got category 1 significant winds and nantucketed expected to still take the brunt of hurricane earl. right now though, very calm, in the bay, a protected area of chatham here. there are still some people out on the beach here, taking stock of this calm weather before the
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storm rolls n we have had had a shower just a short time ago of the outer bands of this storm but certainly a lot of people were preparing, boarding up their houses, moving boats to safer areas and also just stocking up. >> just got some water and mostly dry goods just in case refridge rater is down. it is chaos, utter, utter kay, i don't we were just in there standing in line for literally 20 minutes. people were just crazy, fighting and arguing in line. >> again, should be a significant storm in terms of rain, in terms of wind. the problem here out on the cape and the islands could be power outages. also in advance of this storm, they have moved utility vehicles into place, chris, so they can get to work on any power outages that take place when the storm hits. >> good news, supposed to move by quickly. michelle, thanks for the update. at the bottom of the hour, we will check in with our views in ocean city, maryland, and the
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jersey shore as hurricane earl continues to track up the coast. other big story we are following for you this morning re, the latest unemployment numbers are out, extremely rough out there, as if you needed us to tell you that but the jobless rate did tick up slightly from 9.5 to 9.6%. 54,000 jobs were lost but 67,000 jobs were added in the private sector. president obama talked about that just a short time ago. >> the eighth consecutive month of private job growth. additionally, the numbers for july were revised upward to 107,000. now that's positive news and it reflects the steps we have already taken to break the back of this recession. >> joining me now is jim lacamp with macroportfolio advisers who also hosts "money sense" radio show in dallas. good to see you. i think a lot of people out there look, we are not economists, just trying to make sense of all these numbers people are throwing at us.
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the president saying, yes, the unemployment rate may have gone up but private -- number of private jobs is also more private jobs available out there. what is it, good or bad? >> a little something for everybody here, chris, a lot of good news in that, yes, the private sector is where we need job growth. health scare where you are really seeing all right of the job growth there. unfortunately, temporary jobs being added. that is one of the things you can quibble w the positive side we saw better income, seen incomes increase about 1.7% over the last 12 months and like the president said, there's been several months in a row of private sector job growth. the problem is we have two -- spent so much money on stimulus, like to see a better recovery than what we are seeing this isn't enough job growth to even accommodate the new workers entering the workforce. so, it's positive news in that's not as bad as we all thought it was but it is not as good as it needs to be to really see
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economic growth. need 200,000 new jobs a month to keep up with the people entering the force. the president, we just saw him walking out with his economic team after meeting with them at the white house, he is going to be going on the road. he says he has some plans up his sleeves. what is it going to take, do you think? >> there is a lot of -- there's been a lot of uncertainty out there for employers. they were not really sure about what the health care plan is really going to present, financial regulation, and if we can get answers on a lot of these things, a lot of the legislation that's come through, that would be helpful. secondly, the banking sector really needs to get their real estate problem solved, most of the new job creation comes from startup business and startup businesses get their money from small, local and regional banks. >> they got to start lending here is what you're saying? >> yeah, but hurting from all the real estate losses so they really -- haven't lent a lot of money out and there is not a lot of loan demand either. it is going to take a while.
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>> jim lacamp with mark crow portfolio advisers good to see you, jim, thanks. >> good to see you, chris. coming up, flights and trains canceled up and down the east coast. how could hurricane earl impact your travel plans for the labor day weekend? plus, new equipment has just arrived which may speed up the rescue of the 33 miners trapped underground in chile. the horrifying story of a young woman in oregon awhacked acid. what happened and her struggle to regain her life, ahead. you're watching msnbc. what happ to regain her life, ahead. you're watching msnbc. no oil has flowed into the gulf for weeks, but it's just the beginning of our work. i'm iris cross. bp has taken full responsibility for the clean up in the gulf and that includes keeping you informed. my job is to listen to the shrimpers and fishermen,
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hotel and restaurant workers and find ways to help. that means working with communities. we have 19 centers in 4 states. we've made over 120,000 claims payments, more than $375 million. we've committed $20 billion to an independent claims fund to cover lost income until people impacted can get back to work. we'll keep looking for oil, cleaning it up if we find it and restoring the gulf coast. i was born in new orleans. my family still lives here. bp is gonna be here until the oil is gone and the people and businesses are back to normal... until we make this right.
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coast guard officials say there is no visible signs of oil in the water after a fire on an oil platform in the gulf of mexico. thursday, a mariner energy-owned platform erupted into flames and 13 workers went flying into the
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ocean, although none of them was hurt. the fire was 200 miles west of the bp spill site and the explosion, of course that killed 11 workers back in april. nbc's chief environmental affairs correspondent, anne thompson is live in venice, louisiana. and anne, federal agencies that oversee offshore drilling say they will investigate this fire, but do we have any clues at this point about what might have caused it? >> they don't know what caused the fire at this time, chris, and that is exactly why the bureau of ocean energy management, which is the new bureau which replaced the minerals management services is going to look into the cause of this fire. mariner energy said yesterday that as far as it knew, the fire was contained to the top of the oil platform. there was no production going on at the time of the fire. they were painting and doing some welding so there is a question did that spark the
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fire? but all of those yes, sir unknown. the good news is that those 13 workers all got off the platform safely. they were picked up by a supply boat called "the crystal clear" and then chopped to a hospital here in louisiana to be checked out. and also, the early reports yesterday that there was an oil sheen in the water that came from a boat over the site. but the coast guard says it flew over there, looking for an oil sheen and oil leak and has not been able to find that so, that's what happened at that well. the other thing we are watching here in the gulf, of course is what is going on at bp's macondo well, the well that caused this summer of agony for the gulf coast them took off the capping stack yesterday. that is the cap that actually stopped the oil from flowing into the gulf. today, they are focus on the blowout preventer that is that giant emergency brake that didn't work on april 20th. they are going to bring that up
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and it is not an easy task, the blowout preventer and the equipment around it weighs about 1 million pounds and have to lift that up through a mile of water so, that is the focus today. chris? >> anne thompson, always good to see you. thank you. $8 billion is what bp says they will have to pay so far. they have paid so far to deal with that catastrophic gulf oil spill. the company also said part of that total includes the $400 million they have paid out to settle claims from businesses and other folks. bp reports more than 23,000 people and 4,000 vessels are still responding to that original gulf spill. the fbi and miami police are questioning a 70-year-old scientist after a metal canister was found in his luggage at miami international airport last night. police say it looked like a pipe bomb. the canister was found in a routine search by airport screeners. the bomb squad and atf agents were called in and four of the six concourses that the busy airport were shut down but no
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explosives were found. that airport has been reopened. investigators have found four more bombs at the home of james j. lee. lee is the man who was shot and killed wednesday after a four-hour standoff with police at discovery channel headquarters in silver spring, maryland. lee entered that building with bombs strapped to him and took three hostages, but no hostage was injured. and good news for those 33 miners trapped underground in chile a new drilling machine is headed their way that could help the men get out in two months instead of four. meantime, drilling resumed thursday after being temporarily suspended when a fault was discovered. engineers filled up the hole with cement and got back to work digging a tunnel to get to the miners. a nasa team in chile is there to help kress cue effort. they are suggesting simulating night and day for the miners so experts are looking into setting up a lighting system to do that. they are also trying to figure out ways to provide electricity and the better supplies of water and air.
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now, still to come, the jobless numbers out today, a little better than expect bud recovery, the president says is still a long way off. what does that all mean for democrats in this election season? and a programming note for you, this weekend on "meet the press," an exclusive with top senate republican lindsey gramm of south carolina who is just back from afghanistan, and president obama's 2008 campaign manager will also be there talking about afghanistan, the economy, iraq, the fight for control of capitol hill. so, if it's sunday, it's "meet the press." and david's got a good program this sunday. time for your business entrepreneur of the week. stuart engss about booth was a hot ticketet at comicconn. his booth offers things not available at the chain stores. he is cultivating a niche market
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things out. how is it looking? >> continental canceled 50 flight flights. now, most major airlines are waiving their change fee for this weekend so that passengers who would rather reschedule their trips can do that without paying a penalty in light of the bad weather that so much of the eastern seaboard is experiencing. now, in terms of the weather here in the tristate area it is expected to get worse this afternoon. we are expecting high winds and rain. that could affect the operations here at these new york city area airports which, of course are major hubs for travel and that potentially could have a domino effect for travel around the rest of the country. long island is expected to get hit particularly hard. they have already suspended ferry service for later this afternoon, as well as rail service locally there in long island.
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now, in terms of the volume of travel this holiday weekend, aaa is reporting that it is up about 10% from last year. some 34.4 million americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles away from home this weekend. the vast majority going to be hitting the roadways, driving is up 10%, air travel up 4.5%. so for all those who are traveling this holiday weekend and much more than it was last year, they are getting not as bad of a start as many feared with earl coming this weekend. things seem to be for the most part moving along smoothly and all of the transportation systems are able to deal with this bad weather that has started today. chris? >> just little delays for some people. i know some people left early to get ahead of the storm. thank you, mara. it isn't just air travel we are looking at. the storm has been causing some headaches for people catching trains along the east coast. amtrak has canceled some service no-to-new port news and richmond, virginia, washington, d.c. you heard mara mention ferries, operate airs cross the northeast
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have been warning customers of service in the ter runs there is, we will continue to follow those for you. still ahead, you never know what you'll find when you go out fishing. one man found himself with eight eight-foot shark at the end of the line. later, making waves on the jersey shore, having nothing to do with hurricane earl. the scoop behind the high drama ahead on msnbc. no oil has flowed into the gulf for weeks, but it's just the beginning of our work. i'm iris cross. bp has taken full responsibility for the clean up in the gulf and that includes keeping you informed. my job is to listen to the shrimpers and fishermen, hotel and restaurant workers and find ways to help. i was born in new orleans. my family still lives here. bp is gonna be here until the oil is gone and the people and businesses are back to normal... until we make this right. time to face the pollen that used to make me sneeze... my eyes water. but now zyrtec®, the fastest 24-hour allergy relief,
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i had a bum knee that needed surgery. but it got complicated, because i had an old injury. so i wanted a doctor who had done this before. and unitedhealthcare's database helped me find a surgeon. you know you can't have great legs, if you don't have good knees. we're 78,000 people looking out for 70 million americans. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. i'm hoping that it stays out there, at least 200 miles away from us, but it has been a long time since the city has had a really bad hurricane and i'm afraid we are kind of overdue. >> he got his wish, there was no direct hit but still a threat. hurricane earl leaving behind no serious damage yet, but some damage and the storm is moving up the east coast where it could cause some problems with the holiday weekend. with the past hour, the hurricane was downgraded to a
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category 1, delivering just a glancing blow to north carolina but it is still bringing top winds up to 105 miles per hour and had heavy rain to the coast of virginia right now. nbc's mike taibbi is on the jersey shore where they have been bracing for this hurricane. the weather channel's julie martin is in ocean city, maryland. julie, let me start with you, i understand ocean beach residents have been urge to baton down the hatches. gonna delay some holiday plans there? >> yeah, well, maryland's governor has requested basically that travelers don't get on the roads today to come in or out of ocean city, maryland, just for obvious reasons. the winds are going to be quite high, already gusting up around 30 miles an hour. as the afternoon wanes on, just a bad day for travel all day long. look at the atlantic, chris, it is really churning out there and the water closed off today to the public for obvious reasons as well. look at all the spectators we have on the beach taking in some of earl's wave action. earl, by the way, still off to
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my south, so it is still going to be passing by within the next couple of hours, but it is well at sea and i don't really think we are going to see significant rain impacts from earl here. possibly some beach erosion from the winds, as i mentioned, but in terms of impacts a all right of locals here say, oh this is nothing this is sort of lick a low-end nor'easter, we are ready for t one thing they need to be ready for, however are those rip currents because even after earl passes by, we are going to be seeing some significant rip currents in this area for the quarter of a million or so tourists who are coming here for the holiday weekend. weather-wise, should be a nice weekend for labor day but rough out in the atlantic. chris? >> julie, thank you so much. now let's head up to new jersey, the national weather service issued tropical storm warning for the jersey shore. a lot of the beach there is usually clouded this time of year, a little sparse today. >> the waves starting to kick up but definitely a stay indoor day and the rain is starting to come
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down. play some board games, play some card games, something like that just keep these guess occupied while the storm's coming. >> nbc's mike tie even bill is live in long branch, new jersey, got to feel for that guy the kids stuck inside, they wanted to be out playing on the beach. instead they got to entertain them for, what, like 16 hours a day. the people are coming, the hotels are full? >> the hotels are full no vacancies on any stretch of long branch, chris, and say no cancellations either, same story we are hearing from cape may, way south on the jersey shore. you look behind, you can three is is nobody on the beach now the red flags are up no swimming, the message on those red flags to see the palm trees brought here by one hotel here every spring, they last throught the season, they have one more week here, they generally just die off and they bring back new ones next year it is the end of the season but they will be, we are told, after a six-hour period of uncertainty and
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discomfortable rains and the winds come energy the discomfort followed by a splendid weekend to come, probably one of the reason no, sir cancellations at any of the big those and resorts along the jersey shore, chris. there have been problems with the last hurricane there were people who got caught in rip currents, at least one fatality for sure. have people been heeding these warnings? every time, somebody tries to sneak in the water with a surf board or body surf, seen people staying away so far all together? >> no not really, chris. i drove up and down the beach from sea bright to the north down to deal, south of me about 30, 40 miles up along the beach there are some unprotected, unstaffed beaches. that is to say they are not control boyd any of the hotels or the townships. you are allowed to do what you want at your own risk and surfers and swimmer there, there as of 6:00 this morning, from the balcony of the hotel, could i see a couple heads in the water, a couple board notice water, some people are still out in the water, despite the warnings that have been going on all week, in fact, since hurricane danielle departed
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earlier in the week with. another search under way right now by the coast guard in bell mar for another person who is -- has drifted off last night and hasn't been found them did find the body of another person gone offs a bury park the night before. they were found yesterday. some people taking those risks and losing their lives as a kwechbls. >> let that be a word to the wise, mike. thanks. >> sure. at the top of the hour, live reports from north carolina to massachusetts as earl continues to track up the coast. the national unemployment rate inched toward -- upwards in august. now at 9.6%. now, despite that news, president obama says his administration is working on new plans to create jobs. >> millions of our neighbors are living with that painfully every day. but i want all americans to remind themselves there are better days ahead. >> nbc's mike viqueira at the white house, the first we have heard, i guess you could say the coming week, because the
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president plans to make a series of trips and comments on the economy, right, mike? >> that is right, chris and the president sought to accentuate the positive today, saying there was private sector job growth to the tune of 67,000 new private job growth hires, even though that top-line number ticked up to 9.6%. the problem is a lot of people are now entering back into the labor force looking for work, they count against that number and there were a lot of census workers, which ironically enough, when they were hired earlier in the year, brought that number down. now they are back out looking for work that number goes back up again. the president saying better days ahead but we started out this summer, chris, the white house doesn't like to be reminded of this as the president was in the q & a after this, this was going to be recovery summer, a spate of transportation project part of the stimulus package we are supposed to kick start the economy, provide visible jobs
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and prospects that top-line number still way up there at 9.6%. as a political matter, very dangerous for democrats, democrats very upset. we all know that they stand to lose the majority of the house of representatives, also threaten in the senate this year. the economy, voters' attitudes toward the economy, even though the president does have those appearances next week, monday in milwaukee, wednesday in cleveland, press conference back here on the economy on friday in washington, the perception baked in now that unemployment numbers going to remain high, remains a political problem for democrats and even though the president hint need has some new inni-- h new initiatives on the way, they wouldn't be taken up by congress this year. the problems not only for millions unemployed continue but political problems for democrats as well, chris. >> mike viqueira, thank you. we just got this in, ben roethlisberger's suspension reduceded from six games to four by nfl's commissioner. that means the pittsburgh
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steelers' quarterback can return to the game october 17th against cleveland. roethlisberger met with the nfl commission they are morning. he had been suspended in april for violating the league's personal conduct policy. he had been accused of sexually assaulting a college student following a night of drinking in a georgia bar in march. he was never charged. just sought of the nation's capital, near the mouth of the potomac river, look at this. a maryland man caught an eight-foot-long shark. willie dean, the man who captured the beast, was actually trying to net a stingray. this is a bull shark. national geographic says it is one of the most dangerous sharks in the world and i don't care i would not be putting my hands into his mouth. however dead he is. it is not going there, right? >> right. >> yeah. actor and comedian jerry lewis is lashing out at young star lets in hollywood. he is not holding back at all. lindsay lohan's recent troubles set him off on a fierce rant. courtney hazlett is off today. so let's get the scoop from
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"u.s. weekly's" erica suitor. good see you. >> good to see you. let's look at what jerry lewis has to say a lot of people are going to be a little surprised by this. here it is. >> i would smack her in the mouth, i would be arrested for abusing a woman. >> what would you say to her? >> i would say you deserve this and nothing else. whack. and then if he is not satisfied i would put her over my knee and spank her. >> you know, we joke about the fact when folks get older and he is 84 you know they feel like they are free to say whatever they like. he has got his telethon coming up. he is an iconic figure, both charitably and in terms of, you know, the history of movies and television. what do you make of this? >> he has been in the business for 60 years, a lot has changed in those 60 years. back in his day, starlets would never have been caught dead doing the things that lindsay and paris do the studios controlled them. >> right. exactly. yes, he is lashing out. what is very surprising is that
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84 years old, he keeps up with what the young starlets are doing. that was a little surprising. and he was so cavalier about his attitude about smacking her. i do think during the interview, he scaled it become a little bit when he realized what he was saying, he has faculties about him and a pretty outlandish comment saying he whopp her on the face. >> you don't want to condone violence but people want to say do that at least. how about the jersey shore? there was a little scuffle last night. take a look and then we will talk about it. >> for someone that begged, begged, begged to like all the girls, if you know something, tell me, if you know something, tell me, if you know something, tell me. >> people to come [ bleep ] [ bleep ] [ bleep ].
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>> j wow and sammy going at t what sparked that? >> building up all season long, we know that of course, sammi's boyfriend has been cheating on her, creeping and smooching, he's liked to say, her friends kept it a secret. sammi was fed up with the fact none of the girls came forward and told her what was going on. now, on j wow's side, she was sick of playing the victim, she couldn't see what was in front of her it all came to a head that night and they really tore at each other. >> that was really realistic, could i see the emotions were bubbling over. >> it was. those girls can scrap. >> we saw something similar on the "real housewives of new jersey" earlier this week. is this sort of what you have got do in reality television, to be cat fights? >> they are picking people who are prone to these outbursts that what's what make us turn out and watch, you can't look awake the quintessential guilty pleasure to watch people go bananas and berserk. >> so, we don't think -- you know, i hate to be the skeptic
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here. we don't think the produces sat down and say j wow and sammi and said, girls you know, if you got into maybe a little physical altercation, the ratings would go up. you know what that does for your salary when we renegotiate? >> i can't speak for all reality shows, but in this particular one, no i mean, we have had sources on the set who said there were a lot of tensions building up, these are young girls, fire rib, you know, they have quick tempers and just all blew up. >> okay. now, let's go to a real show, "the office." >> "the office." >> we all know this is an absolutely frank depiction of life. steve carkaca carroll is leave carr rel is leaving. we are told the dream replacement is harvey kitele. >> that is what the producer wants to go for, someone with an a completely different energy, you can't more different from steve than harvey. >> haven't approached him but come up with a sort of scenario how they work him into "the office."
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>> like an aging salesman who retired, the economy went bust, got to go become to work and going to be more the creepy old man and not so much the buffoon, like steve carroll. he will make pam uncome forthable, sre jim. >> poor pam. they are always making her uncomfortable. erica, have a great weekend. >> you, too. >> the latest, logon to scoop.todayshow.com. we will be right back.
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me wreck my life. you know? that's not fair. >> reporter: bethany storro, wearing the bandages from this week's surgery, isn't letting the physical or emotional pain stop her from speaking out. >> if we can catch that girl, oh that would be awesome. a miracle. >> reporter: that girl bethany wants police to find changed her life forever. a few days ago, this was bethany storro, a 28-year-old professional, here sharing a laugh at her sister's wedding. monday night, bethany stopped to get a cup of coffee in downtown vancouver when a woman she had never seen approached her and for unknown reasons, threw acid in her face. >> it was the most painful thing, like i told everybody, my heart stopped. i almost passed out. imagine that on on your skin. so i could hear it sizzling. once it hit me, i could actually hear it bubbling and sidsling my
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skin. >> reporter: bethany fell to the ground and strangers rushed to help. her family is devastated. >> you can imagine how i feel. this is my little girl and we are a strong-knit family that love each other very much and we will get through this. we are not going to allow this to stop our lives much. >> reporter: bethany has experienced challenges in the past. as a baby, she contracted spinal meningitis, which caused partial hearing loss. doctors say the acid attack could have taken her eyesight, but it didn't, because she was wearing sunglasses. >> i don't really normally wear sunglasses. i just don't like them or anything. it's a miracle, because i mean, 20 minutes before, you know, all of a sudden, i was going to go i'm going to go buy glasses, sunglasses today. that's like -- that's jesus for sure, you know what i mean? that's miracle. >> reporter: according to expert, acid attacks are unusual in the united states. they say they are more common in countries like bangladesh and pakistan. victims, usually young women,
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are targeted for many reasons, including domestic and sometimes financial disputes. police investigating the attack against bethny say it appears random. >> i am somebody that -- i have no enemies. >> reporter: in fact, she has a community of friends at the safe way grocery store where she works. they are all rallying around her. amazingly, bethany is trying to lift her loved ones' spirits, too. >> i have an amazing family and friends that love me and i'm blessed, you know? i'm trying to stay positive. and i'm a happy person. i like making others laugh, 'cause i'm just hilarious. i mean, hello. >> reporter: incredible grace under extraordinary circumstances. >> in time, i'm going to forgive her, because if i don't, then it's hard to move on with my life. >> wow, she is extraordinary, isn't she? that was nbc's kristen we will withinger reporting. and let's hope that that sketch will help them find whoever did this horrific act.
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still ahead on msnbc, parents who want to keep their lives as private as possible, but when you live in a little place called 1600 pennsylvania avenue, is that possible? we are going to take you inside the lives of the first daughters, ahead, on msnbc. no oil has flowed into the gulf for weeks, but it's just the beginning of our work. i'm iris cross. bp has taken full responsibility for the clean up in the gulf and that includes keeping you informed. my job is to listen to the shrimpers and fishermen,
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so the obamas put their girls off limits to the news media moving into the white house keeping the daughter's lives as normal as possible but tidbits dribbled out and chief washington correspondent norah o'donnell has the ins and outs. norah? >> reporter: good morning, chris. this president and first lady trying to keep their young daughters' lives as normal as possible. but lately, it's been mom and dad who have been spilling the beans talking openly about everything from the new braces to sasha's love of hip hop.
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president obama still calls his oldest daughter his baby and he admits she is growing up quickly. >> i don't have teenagers yet. malia is just just turned 12. say good luck, huh? she's my baby. she's going -- even though she is 5'9" now, she is still my baby. >> reporter: but she's no baby. a growth spurt over two years has her almost as tall as her parents. >> she just got braces which is good because, you know, she locks like a kid and, you know. she was getting -- she was starting to look too old for me. >> reporter: the president is increasingly sentimental in public about malia, especially her first summer sleepaway camp. >> which she's never done before and i may shed a tear when she is on the way out. >> reporter: once off limits, the daughters are now
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everywhere, photographed on vacation from spain to martha's vineyard. the president is not only seen with them but also likes dishing about his daughters. >> when i woke up this morning and i'm shaving and malia knocks on the bathroom door and says, did you plug the hole yet, daddy? >> reporter: most of the private details made public innocent enough except for getting in trouble talking about the grades. >> so, malia came home the other day. she had gotten a 73 on her science test. >> reporter: it's not just the president, the first lady, too, spoken openly about her daughters' interests. >> malia's one issue for her father is saving the tigers. so, we talk about the tigers at least once a week. and what he's doing to save the tigers. >> reporter: and since it's back to school time, we're learning new details. the obama daughters get up at 6:00 a.m.
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they're also not allowed to watch tv during the week. so why all the sharing about america's first daughters? well, advisers to the president say it's natural. president and first lady are proud parents and like all parents love talking about their kids. >> they're cute girls. thank you, norah. that's going to do it for me. contessa brewer is here. >> good to see you. coming up next hour, tracking hurricane earl. the storm about 150 miles east of ocean city, maryland. we have reports from you from north carolina to massachusetts. the government takes on the man known as "america's toughest sheriff." and in fact, joe joins me. you don't hear about this. this man facing accusations of sexual assault in two different states. we'll have the whole stair straight ahead. some of nature's best ingredients.
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hurricane earl now a cat xwoir 1 storm but still packing a punch. and still expected to impact the start of the holiday weekend. good friday, everybody. i'm contessa brewer covering coast to coast. hurricane warning now for cape cod, nantucket and mar that's vineyard. earlier in the last hour, earl downgraded to a category 1 but still that packs an 85-mile-a-hour wind and heavy rain to the coast of virginia. boats tied up. homes boarded. some wind damage we're seeing. pow ear outages in the outer banks of north carolina where hundreds spent the night in shelters. on long island and in new jersey, they're already seeing those giant waves. >> going to be in 12-foot waves and the bay might overflow later on today when high tide comes in. >> we're tracking the storm for you, tell you where it's heading next. let's begin with weather channel's julie martin in ocean city, maryland. how's it looking for me,